Celebrities on Snow (1)9 a.m. to Noon on Vail Mountain Vail Mountain ($200, includes Belgian Beer Lunch)Spend one-on-one time with local celebrity chefs, Taste of Vail vintners and chefs. Ski instructors will lead the groups on a three-hour morning tour of Vail, followed by the beer lunch.Belgian Beer LunchNoon to 2 p.m. at The Lodge at Vail ($75)Chef Daniel Joly of Mirabelle Restaurant and The Lodge at Vail's Rahm Fama to create a three-course lunch paired with Stella Artois Leffe and Hoegaarden.5th Annual Colorado Lamb Cook-Off and Apres Ski Tasting3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Vail Village ($60 for an unlimited ticket or individual $4 tickets)Originally two separate events, this bigger, better party includes lamb, lamb and more lamb, in addition to "Life Beyond Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot."Cigar Seminar6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Tap Room ($50)A decadent evening of fine Davidoff cigars and Zacapa rums explores smoky pairings.
Celebrities on Snow (2)9 a.m. to noon, Vail Mountain ($225, Includes Mountain Top Picnic)Spend one-on-one time with local celebrity chefs, Taste of Vail vintners and chefs. Ski instructors will lead the groups on a three-hour morning tour of Vail, followed by the picnic.Umami Seminar"Wine and Food in Balance"9:30 to 11 a.m. at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa (included in Festival Pass or $50)Discuss the essentials of umami with food and wine expert Jerry Comfort of Fosters Group. This is an interactive tasting of four wines with foods representing tastes such as umami, sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spicy.Mountain Top Picnic, access via the Eagle Bahn Express Gondola12:30 to 3 p.m. at Eagle's Nest (included in Festival Pass or $135)At 10,350 feet above sea level, this signature Taste of Vail event is a bon vivant's picnic, including food from local restaurants and wine poured by the winemakers. Mother Nature can be a wily one, so dress appropriately.Chef Showcase Dinner and Live Auction6 to 10 p.m. at Lodge at Vail ($195)Chefs Sondra Bernstein, Jennifer Jasinski and Frank McClelland come together with two of Taste of Vail's local chefs to create five courses of culinary joy. Wines from the select list of participating wineries are matched with each course. Dinner will be followed by a silent and live auction for a wide array of rare wines, and culinary and travel packages.
Aphrodisiac Seminar with Amy Reiley9:30 to 11 a.m. at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa (included in Festival Pass or $50)Discover why certain foods are associated with romance, which foods can enhance libido and how food can be used for seduction.Wine vs. Beer with Cheese Thunderdome Celebrity Death Cage Match11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa (included in Festival Pass or $65)Wine expert Josh Wesson will present five rounds of tasty bottle-on-bottle palate wrestling. Every round, a wine and beer battle it out for the title of best match with cheese.Pinot Noir Speed-Dating-Style Seminar2 to 3:30 p.m. at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa (included in Festival Pass or $65)Join winemakers from Stemmler, Capiaux, Talisman, Calera, Landmark and Ponzi for the start of a new wine love affair. Don't fall victim to the wrong Pinot Noir relationship; spend some intimate time and get going in the right direction.Grand Tasting and Dinner Dance7 p.m. to Midnight at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa (included in Festival Pass or $150)The grandfather of wine and food tastings, this event features all of Taste of Vail's wineries, restaurants and guest chefs. Finish the evening by dancing the night away.
For tickets or more information, visit www.tasteofvail.com.